The design accessories you choose to wear, such as cufflinks, can make a powerful but subtle personal statement about you.
Heraldic symbols are traditional ways of showing people who you are because heraldry is all about identity.
They are, therefore, perfect for use as images on designer cufflinks.
Our heraldic cufflink designs are all about reinventing heritage for the present day, and creating something utterly contemporary out of historically significant imagery.
Where Do Heraldic Symbols Come From?
Heraldry in Europe dates from the 12th century, and a similar system emerged in Japan at around the same time.
Knights in England began using heraldic symbols because they needed a way of making sure people would know who they were, as they had started wearing helmets that covered the whole face.
They began creating coats of arms, which were combinations of colours, shapes, symbols and animals.
Each coat of arms was designed to be unique, so when people saw a knight wearing them in a tournament, or in battle, it was clear who he was.
From its beginnings in Norman England, heraldry has developed into both an art and a science, concerned with the use of hereditary symbols
The Power of Symbols
Heraldry dates back to a time when most people were illiterate, so imagery and symbols were an important means of getting vital information across to them.
Heraldic symbols had to be individually distinctive and have visual impact.
Simplicity was the key, because one of the main purposes of heraldic symbols was to distinguish between friends and enemies in battle.
As heraldry evolved, however, its language became more technically sophisticated, involving more intricate designs and obscure symbols.
But its visual impact has endured.
Heraldic symbols became indicators of status, of having gentility. There is still a great deal of prestige associated with heraldry.
You can see this in the use of modern corporate coats of arms
Making a Bold Statement with Heraldic Cufflinks
The Fleur de Lis is a symbol that has long-standing heraldic associations. Historical French dynasties saw it as a symbol of purity, derived from the lily flower. Because it has three parts, it is also associated with the holy trinity. The three petals have also been seen to represent desirable knightly virtues. The fleur de lis is the flower of life.
As a legendary creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion the Griffin has left a distinctive mark in heraldry. The combined characteristics of the eagle and lion give the griffin vision and strength, and it has often been seen as a guardian of hidden treasure. It is also a symbol of courage and intelligence.
The English Lion is a familiar figure in heraldry and because the lion is commonly thought of as the king of beasts, it traditionally represents majesty, nobility, strength and valour. The lion rampant stands on two hind legs, his claws stretched out in front.
Taking this symbolism further, the Three English Lions represent heraldry’s continuing relevance in the modern world. Originally adopted by the Plantagenet kings in the 12th century as the Royal Arms of England. The three lions are, of course, famously associated with the England football team.
Why Choose Heraldic Cufflinks?
Heraldic symbols are the perfect statement pieces when you apply them to cufflink designs. Heraldry evokes heritage, and it suggests a certain refinement and boldness of character.
Our heraldic cufflinks will heighten your individuality, while complementing your dress sense.